Checking Out Krabi

Our initial plan for after Vietnam was to spend a few days in Bangkok but with the riots and political problems they’re having we decided to skip it for now.

We did have one night as a stopover but staying near the airport we didn’t get a chance to see much, except at the mall where we saw a baby put to sleep in a shopping trolley.

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We headed to Krabi in southern Thailand and spent a week in Krabi Town.

It was great to be back in Thailand, we feel really comfortable here and it is by far our favourite country we’ve visited in SE Asia.

Most travellers seem to use Krabi Town more as a transition spot rather than staying long but we really enjoyed being  based there.   We spent the days exploring the area.

There are plenty of food stalls and markets, the best one was the walking street market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  We went on all the 3 nights and had some delicious food like the best green curry we’ve had, although we did need quite a lot of water to wash down the chilli and we were pretty sweaty once we’d finished it.   Great value too, 2 dish up your own plates (so, full to the brim) of curry on noodles for under NZ$2. 

One of the nights was Chinese New Year so all of a sudden there was lots of music and a dragon going past us.
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We’d seen a guy doing 3 minute, $3 caricature drawings so decided to get one done.  Unfortunately, sometimes you do get what you pay for, we didn’t think it resembled us at all (Matt thinks I look Indian in it) so it’s not making it home with us (and no I wasn’t just wearing a bikini top around town at night, artistic licence).
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We’d heard about the Tiger Temple and I got excited because I thought there might be real tigers there but no, only a couple of concrete ones.   The main reason people go is the view from the top of the hill.  The only issue with this is the 1,237, very steep steps up to get there.
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At least there were monkeys on the path for some entertainment.  It’s quite funny watching them grooming.  Is that a flea?
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Well it was, yum.
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The view was definitely worth the effort, you could see over Krabi Town to the coast and the expanse of limestone cliffs stretching inland.

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Just a bit sweaty.

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We decided that because we plan to spend a couple of months in Thailand we’d hire a motorbike for almost 40 days.   Because we like making modifications to our hire vehicles we found a local engineer to fabricate a luggage rack for us.

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6 hours and $40 later it works great, a couple of bungy cords and some rope and the bags don’t move an inch. Also purchased some reflectors to be extra safe, along with our own helmets.

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We found a recently opened Wat in town so went for a look, not as colourful as some other temples but beautiful woodwork.

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The dogs at the entrance were trying to get out of the heat.

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From Krabi Town we made our way to Ao Nang, only about 25 minutes away where we had 4 nights. Definitely much more touristy, there is a constant flow of longtail boats ferrying people around from beach to beach and so many tours.  We got a longtail to Railay Beach early morning one day and walked around to Phra Nang beach which had beautiful clear water.

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It was great at 10am when the first of a few longtail restaurants turned up, quite novelty ordering food when you’re up to your knees in the Andaman sea. 
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Ao Nang beach itself wasn’t quite as nice but it was a pretty good spot to watch the sunset.

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Our last night here we caught up with Barton and Leone who were on a long weekend from Singapore.  It’s always great to see friends and we had a fun night out, good food, good stories and a monkey.

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3 thoughts on “Checking Out Krabi

  1. Those beaches look amazing!

    And have to agree on the caricature – must be his standard Male Tourist and Female Tourist design!

  2. Scott tried to tell me we had walked up those stairs – he was looking at the pictures and not reading the blog. I told him there is no way that I had walked up 1,237 stairs haha. Ao Nang is where I stood on that sea urchin! Watch out for those!

  3. Good bit of engineering on the luggage rack – a bit slow if it took him 6 hours, I would have said 2.5 hours tops. Great sunset photos. A few too many steps for me – I would of just looked from the bottom.

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